EW.com ran this new article where Eddie talks to them about his opportunity to play and meet Stephen Hawking for his new film The Theory of Everything!
Les Misérables star Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a film that tracks the famed theoretical physicist’s relationship with his first wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), and the struggle they faced after he was diagnosed with the crippling degenerative illness ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). “At age 21, he was a vibrant, funny young man, and he fell deeply in love with this woman,” Redmayne says. “Our film is about how they defied all the odds.”
To prepare for the film, which is released Nov. 7, the actor met with Hawking himself. “Even now, when he’s unable to move, you can still see such effervescence in his eyes,” he says.
Redmayne describes portraying Hawking onscreen as a “hefty” challenge. “The real problem with making a film is of course you don’t shoot chronologically,” says the actor. “So it was about having to really try and chart his physical deterioration [so] you can jump into it day-to-day, whilst at the same time keeping this spark and wit and humor that he has.”
Director James Marsh, best known for directing the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary Man on Wire, studied archival images to give the film authenticity, including photographs from the Hawkings’ wedding in 1965 such as the one you can see above. “When we had photographs and documentary footage of Stephen that related to our story, we tried to reproduce them as best we could,” says the filmmaker. Hawking had been diagnosed with ALS just a few years before his wedding, but the photos revealed that he was already severely affected physically. “His choice to have a walking stick even in that staged photo mean that the decline was strong enough that he couldn’t stand by himself for that moment,” says Redmayne.
But the archival shots showed the actor something else. “There are some photos where he is incredibly smiley,” says Redmayne. “It was a great moment of happiness.”
Entertainment Tonight interviewed Eddie and others in attendance at the HFPA’s Grants Banquet and had them share their thoughts about Robin Williams. Eddie’s part is at about 1:32
Thursday night Eddie attended the Hollywood Foreign Press’s Grants Banquet, a new annual event! He looked extremely handsome!
- Eddie Redmayne Web > 2014 > August 14 | Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet
- Eddie Redmayne Web > 2014 > August 14 | Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet – Inside
- Eddie Redmayne Web > 2014 > August 14 | Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet – Ceremony
Eddie was chosen as #33 on Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List.
FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING: Thom Browne button-down shirt.
FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP: Liberty London.
FAVORITE SHOES: Alexander McQueen Velvet Skull Slippers.
FAVORITE ACCESSORY: Burtonwode boxer shorts.
SCENT: Tom Ford Black Orchid.
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STYLE ICON: “My pa.”
I am even more excited for this film now that I have seen the trailer! Eddie’s performance looks brilliant!
The Telegraph posted this article along with a video showing clips of the service including Eddie’s reading!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are joined by Prince Harry and David Cameron to to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War
Members of the Belgian and British royal families, as well as other heads of state, have attended a number of events today to mark 100 years since the German invasion of Belgium, which triggered World War One.
They rounded off the evening by attending a Commemoration Event at Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery where they were joined by David Cameron.
The service was hosted by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow and featured a reading from Birdsong actor Eddie Redmayne. David Cameron also delivered a speech, while Prince Harry read a letter from Pte Michael Lennon to his brother.
The four-year conflict that became known as the Great War left some 10 million dead and 20 million injured on the battlefields. Millions more perished under occupation through disease, hunger or deportation.
Yesterday Eddie spoke at a service held at St Symphorien Military Cemetery in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Great Britain declaring war on Germany. One image from the service has been added to the gallery!
Last week Eddie & Hannah attended the after party for the Production of A Streetcar Named Desire’s Press Night!
I have another new still from Theory of Everything! Getting so excited for this film!
- Eddie Redmayne Web > Theory Of Everything > Production Stills